Kanchan Kattel
B.Sc Sustainable Development

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the South Asia Foundation for providing me with this opportunity to study B.Sc in Sustainable Development in Bhutan. I would also like to thank Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), the respective members of the UWICE, my colleagues and professors from College of Natural Resources, for care, love and guidance and for making me feel good far-away from home. I would like to thank Mr. Nishchal pandey and Mr. Nima Tendup Sherpa for enlightening me about the course and their constant support, which cannot be expressed neither through word nor expression.

I feel fortunate to have shifted my subject of interest from medical science to sustainable development, as I am growing more and more every day, both in knowledge and thinking capacity. On top of that, getting the full scholarship to pursue my Bachelors degree in Sustainable Development is an utter fortunate for me.

Meeting people from different ethnic culture, geographical regions, and occupations having different ideas, views and perspectives and sharing a common teaching learning platform are a real fun. I am mesmerized by the sight of architecture in the Lhakhangs, Goenpas and Dzongs of Bhutan, the Doma and Ara culture, Khuru and Archery, the social bonding! So rich are the people in their heart. Having seen Nepali people celebrating Dasain and Tihar here in Bhutan, it gives me a feeling of brotherhood. These all shows the hope for cooperation. The surveys, and community based researches, which I get to, do as a part of my assignments keep on encouraging me to walk in the path of sustainability, and all we need is to hold our hands together. Whenever we get to look at the health, poverty and development indicators, it makes me to compare South Asian regions with those European countries which are landlocked and small, yet developed. It gives a feeling of trying the best possible to help the region move towards common goal of sustainable development. Being ourselves but looking towards common objective is the only means to develop economically, gaining environmental and social sustainability at the same time.

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